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Not seeing where wealthy, famous Black men are treated more harshly for *committing acts of violence against women* than white men. Where? If so, R Kelly is definitely not an example. Like Polanski, Allen, Weinstein, etc. his abuse was an open secret that didn't end his career 1/
It seems that famous Black men face greater reprisal for actually challenging the white power structure than for being violent against women--which makes sense considering white patriarchy is built on violence against Black women. Abusing BW upholds white patriarchy 2/
...That's why mass media is filled with images of Black women being sexually degraded by Black men and we're all inundated with this imagery. When has the white power structure ever conspired against someone because they sexually exploited Black women? Think. 3/
Consider Kaepernick who has been barred from the NFL for protesting police violence while the league often covers for athletes who abuse women. White patriarchy only cares if famous Black men abuse white women & only in certain circumstances 4/
Patriarchy & violence against women are both older than white supremacist systems. But the inability (or unwillingness) to address gender-based oppression & violence makes us all more vulnerable to the forces of racism and always has 5/
Black freedom movements are continually undermined by an unwillingness to address gender oppression & sexual violence within Black organizations, institutions & communities & how this damages our ability to organize effectively against racism. 6/
It's disturbing for so much of the focus to be on whether a famous Black man can get away with the same things a famous white man can and not on ending sexual violence and protecting Black children. 7/
There's nothing pro-Black about supporting individuals who prey on other Black people. That makes no sense at all and is a major red flag that someone wants individual power over collective liberation. 8/
The focus should be on ending sexual violence for the safety, security and health of our communities. 9/
My personal experience is that anyone can be violent. Violence is pervasive because it is so normalized in social behavior that people often don't even recognize violence as such 10/
The process of achieving freedom involves analyzing these generational cycles of violence & trauma so that we can end it and heal. Thanks again to everyone having the courage to speak up on this topic & end the deadly culture of silence. I appreciate y'all so much. 11/11
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